It’s Team Dance Week on Dancing With the Stars tonight on ABC. Which celebrity will be eliminated? Which ones will stay? Bill Engvall and Emma Slater had the lowest scores last week; will they be the team to be eliminated, or will some other couple somehow get chosen instead of them?
Dancing With the Stars began with an awesome choreographed dance number by Mandy Moore. She has been nominated before for Emmys for her choreography talents. It was a great number.
There will be two rounds to the competition in this episode. The first round will involve the competitors dancing a dance style they haven’t performed yet. During the second round, the cast will be in two separate teams. They will dance together, and each couple will have a solo that they will perform. One couple will be eliminated at the end of the night.
The first couple who will perform tonight are Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovsky, and they will dance the Quickstep to Dance Apocalyptic by Janelle Monae. What a great way to start the night’s competition — they did great, IMHO.
Len made the somewhat odd comparison that their dancing “was a UFO — utterly full on, flying around the floor, full of content.”
Bruno took up the UFO theme, saying “the aliens are not coming. I loved it; What a good job.”
Carrie Ann called their performance “fantastic,” and said that Val “did a great job teaching” Lauren.
The judges gave the couple straight 9s, for a total of 27/30.
The next couple to dance was Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. They danced the Jive to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard.
Bruno continued with his sometimes eccentric comments, saying about Brant’s performance: “No more candy for you; you were like a frisky school boy.” He said that they “lost timing a bit,” but that they were “overall good.”
Carrie Ann said “I love to see a hunky guy not taking himself seriously.” She said that they did a great job.
Len said “I love your energy, your attack, your enthusiasm!”
Again, the judges scored the couple with straight 9s, for a score of 27/30.
The third couple to perform on Dancing With the Stars was Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani. They danced the Salsa to the song I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) by Pitbull.
Carrie Ann really liked their performance saying that watching them “was like going to the hottest Salsa club and you were the hottest Salsa dancers.”
Len said “You came out and gave it your all.”
Bruno told the couple that they gave him “the real flash of good Salsa.” He added: “I loved it.”
Carrie Ann and Bruno gave the couple scores of 9s, while Len gave them an 8, for a total of 26/30 points.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke took the stage next. They danced the Jive to Going Up the Country by Canned Heat. They performed a fantastic dance, and are looking like they might stick around to the very end of the season.
Len said that they “have great musicality” and they were “light on the feet.” He told Jack “Well done, Jack — you are always great.”
Bruno said of Cheryl: “She really did not make it easy for you,” adding, “Be careful of your flicks and kicks.”
Carrie Ann said: “Everything was just perfect!”
Carrie Ann really must have felt that they did a great job, because she gave them a 10. Len gave them an 8, and Bruno gave them a 9, for a total of 27/30.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough were the sixth couple to perform. They danced the Paso Doble to Diablo Rojo by Rodrigo and Gabriela.
Bruno, speaking dramatically as he often does, said that they “danced with the attack of a demon.”
Carrie Ann continued in this vein, saying “You slayed the beast again.” She added that “You lit this ballroom up.”
Len told them that with that performance, “You are back in the game.”
Both Carrie Ann and Len gave the couple 10s, while Bruno gave them a 9, for a very good score of 29/30 points, the highest total of the night so far.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater performed the Quickstep to Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley. Again, it was apparent that, though Engvall is trying, the couple just wasn’t up to the quality of the other dancers — though, Engvall is getting better, IMHO.
Carrie Ann told them: “I give you credit. It was a challenge.”
Len told them “If I judged with my heart, you would get a 10.” Apparently, that’s not how he’s about to judge them, though.
Bruno then said that they “rolled the dice and tried the best. A very good try.”
Carrie Ann and Bruno gave them respectable scores of 8s, while Len scored them with a 7, for a total of 23/30 points.
The seventh couple to dance was Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi and Sasha Farber. They danced the Samba to Hey Mama by the Black Eyed Peas. They looked like they did a really great job with the dance.
Len said to dance as fast as they did and “keep it under control was amazing.”
Bruno told them that “once they got in the Samba flow it was good.”
Carrie Ann told Nicole: “You have to stop dancing like a Chihuahua.” Me — ow!
Still, Carrie Ann and the other judges gave them very good scores of straight 9s, for a total of 27/30.
The final couple to dance was Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. They danced the Cha-Cha-Cha to Pumpin Blood by NONONO. They just might have danced the best dance of the night!
Bruno said that Corbin displayed “Crystal clear form. Brilliant!”
Carrie Ann told them “Your posture was right. It was hot!”
Len added that, while he was “not a fan of gyrating,” he thought that the couple “did an excellent Cha-Cha-Cha.”
Carrie Ann and Bruno both gave the couple 10s, and Len scored them with a 9, for a total of 29/30.
Then, the episode moved on to Round Two, the Team Dances. The first group Team Dance was called SpookyBomBom. The dance was Bom Bom by Sam and the Whomp.
Len thought that “the individual routines were great,” and he told Nicole that “you were fantastic.”
Bruno told the team “You worked with what each couple could do best.”
Carrie Ann said”Bill, you were the glue that held that together.”
The judges gave them straight 9s for a total of 27/30.
The second team was called FoxingAwesome. They danced to The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) by Ylvis.
Bruno called them “sly little foxes,” and said that “the choreography gave me goosebumps.” He added that Corbin “killed it.”
Carrie Ann described watching them “like I was on an acid trip.” She also praised Corbin’s performance.
Len told them “I tell you what. I salute both teams.”
The judges gave the second team straight 10s for a total of 30/30!
The two couples at the bottom of the leaderboard on Dancing With the Stars are Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, each with a score of 23/30 last week.
According to the Team Dances, Team Foxing awesome is safe. So….that means that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater are the two couples in danger of being eliminated this week.
The Team Dances really played a crucial role in the couple who was eliminated this week, which, surprisingly — at least to me — was Nicole and Sasha. Nicole, I felt, was a pretty good dancer, and it seem strange to me that she was eliminated ahead of Bill Engvall. He seems to have nine lives — can he hold on for another week, or do you think he will be eliminated next Monday on Dancing With the Stars?
By: Douglas Cobb